Do not wait until you are under the plans of the well-deserved free time.
Whether you’re struggling with a cold or trudging through another busy season in the office, something about the winter always has us dreaming of warmer, easier days. As much as 658 million holiday days are lost each year, between 55 percent of working Americans, further worsening of chronic physical and emotional tensions.
It is no secret that a holiday is often a perfect recipe for general burnout to refresh, reenergize and renew. It doesn’t matter if you your journey in the near, or far from home, you get busy planning if these five warning signs apply to you — your mind, body and spirit will thank you.
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1. You feel blue
For many, it is a simple way to plan a trip itself can provide excitement and goal-setting that can easily break a glum funk. A study by the American Psychological Association found that vacations are valuable for reducing stress as they get the people out of their standard environments and routines associated with anxiety and stress, Inc. reports.
2. You’re bored with your routine
If you feel that your days blur together with their monotony, they probably are, allowing you to travel somewhere cool is essential. From stimulating creativity to generate new ideas, and research of the U.S. National Library of Medicine cites multicultural experiences as beneficial for his whole being.
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3. You can’t sleep
Sleepless nights without reason are a common sign of anxiety and tension. Or there is a bigger problem or worry in your life, taking the time to restore your internal clock will have you feeling more productive, relaxed and ready to tackle all in your path.
4. You can’t remember the last time you took a break
If you have clocked up a staggering amount of the earned free days and your passport is dusty, it is definitely time to stand up and away for the good of your health. A Dutch study found that just a harbinger of a holiday is verified and mood booster, while the landmark Framingham Heart Study shows that women who are at least two vacations a year are eight times less likely to have heart disease, according to Health.com. The outlet adds that in a study of men at increased risk for the disease, which is not an annual vacation were 32 percent more likely to die after a heart attack.
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5. You can’t stop thinking about that daydreamy place
Or you’ve filled your social media feeds with photos of the islands, the mountains or the country, the one person guaranteed to get.
Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak